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Flaming Cheerios Protester Mike Leisner Dies Of Heart Attack At 65

Michael Leisner has died. You may not know him, but Leisner became very famous recently when his protest of General Mills gained national attention and a criminal probe. Leisner set fire to a bunch of Cheerios which then ended up on the lawn of General Mills’ headquarters in Minnesota. The video went viral.

The police investigation into the incident is now closed. He died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 65, and funeral arrangements have been made for Friday at the Emmanuel Christian Center. Apparently, Leisner was waiting for two of his children to finish playing tennis when he had a heart attack in the car and died.

Leisner, a father of four,
had one of his sons film his attempt to set fire to a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Unfortunately, it went awry and Leisner, who carried the blowtorch, set fire to the lawn. Leisner then said to his son “Quick, get in the car” while the lawn was still on fire. He did the protest in opposition to General Mills’ announcement that it would oppose the November same-sex marriage initiative.

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6 Responses to Flaming Cheerios Protester Mike Leisner Dies Of Heart Attack At 65

  1. jenna19

    August 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I think it is very sad–everyone is entitled to express their opinions of views. It is amazing that everyone bash the Christians and it is okay, but if Christian says protests anyone else, it is considered the worst thing ever. This man had a family with children who will now grow up without a dad. I think is it demeaning and unkind to continue to say nasty things about this man. You should be a little more compassionate. I’m saddened but all the gross and rude comments that have been posted on Youtube. Mike Leisner was the type of man that would feed anyone, give anyone a ride, house them…and it didn’t matter their sexual orientation. He had a heart that was big and just because he may have not been the most tactful in his protest does not make him a bad person.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      August 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      As I commented in the story about the attack on the FRC- hate begets hate. LGBT activists have tried for a long time to have a civil conversation about LGBT rights, but we face a never ending stream of hatred. When I posted recently about the deaths of several prominent LGBT people, the comments were vile.

      You reap what you sow, Jenna. While I am saddened that people are hateful- and what I wrote was respectful incidentally- this happens now because of the abuse that we get. Perhaps you should think about that.

    • Robroberts

      August 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Jenna, did you actually watch Mr. leisner’s YouTube videos that he posted? Most were seething with hate, especially his video on Barney Frank … The point of the video was to try and destroy Mr. franks humanity and dignity as a human being.

      Mr. Leisner reaped what he sowed. He became a national laughingstock and embarrasment, he was under investigation for arson and property destruction, he lost his job and his brokers license. Did he think he could keep posting hate videos in a vacuum and nobody would find out?

      Mr. Leisner was NOT a nice man, he spent a great deal of his wasted life encouraging others to hate me and possibly kill me simply for the fact of how I was born. i did not deserve this, gays do not deserve this and the world is a MUCH better place without this hateful bigot.

  2. jodie foster's left ankle

    August 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    God did it.

  3. GM in VA

    August 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    It’s events like this that make me think karma may be real.

  4. Robroberts

    August 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    This man made videos encouraging others to hate and possibly kill LGBT individuals; the world is a better place without him, Cherrio!